Gough moves closer to Olympic berth

Abbotsford's Amy Gough took another step towards participating in the Olympic Games when she defeated Canadian teammate Carla Pavan in a two-race series on Dec. 30-31.

Amy Gough has cleared yet another hurdle in her bid to qualify for the Vancouver Winter Olympics.

The 33-year-old skeleton slider from Abbotsford won a run-off with Carla Pavan on New Year’s Eve to secure the No. 3 spot on the Canadian women’s skeleton roster.

In a two-day, two-race competition on the Olympic track in Whistler, Gough swept both races. The second victory came by the slimmest of margins, as Gough edged Pavan by one hundredth of a second.

Now, Gough must wait to find out if her hard work is good enough for the Games. Canada is guaranteed two sleds in the Olympics, and that number swells to three if the Canadian women can accrue enough points in the World Cup standings. Olympic berths will be finalized in mid-January.

Gough currently sits sixth in the World Cup standings with 810 points, highlighted by a silver medal at Park City, Utah in November.

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